By Issac John www.khaleejtimes.com
DUBAI — Annual aircraft movements in Dubai are expected to increase to 560,000 by 2020 when over 98 million passengers and over four million tonnes of air freight will pass through the emirate’s airports, a special research study revealed.
The total aircraft movements, including local and foreign airlines, general aviation, private operators and freighters, in the UAE will surge to 620,000 in 2012 and 663,000 by 2013, according to the study on the GCC airports performance and future growth trends and projections.
Titled “Aviation in the GCC States – Flying High Amidst Global Turbulence,” the study has been released for the Airport Show-2012, which takes place in Dubai from May 22 to 24 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This remarkable growth would see the aviation sector accounting for 22 per cent of Dubai’s total employment and 32 per cent of the emirate’s gross domestic product by 2020, the study prepared by Nadd Al Shiba PR and Event Management said.
According to the study, by 2020, Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad will have the capacity to carry nearly 200 million passengers: four times their current capacity.
“The UAE has a total of 120,000 square kilometers of airspace, with 35 international air corridors. More than 50 percent restricted to military use. To compensate for this shortage and the rapid growth of aircraft movements in the UAE airspace, the General Civil Aviation Authority has heavily invested in adoption of new technologies to optimise use of available airspace capacity,” the study said.
Mohamad Bader-Eddin, Show Director at Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organisers of the Airport Show, said exhibitors would have free access to this study offering analysis and deep insights into the aviation sector of the GCC region.